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Dallas CBP Officers Perform Life-Saving CPR

Release Date: 
October 20, 2010

Dallas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport responded with cardiopulmonary resuscitation to save a man's life on Oct.18.

From left, Supervisory CBP Officer Coy Brummett, Supervisory CBP Officer Jack Cannon, CBP Officer Allen Brock and CBP Officer Martin Lopez all displayed heroism when they worked together to save the life of a passenger in distress.

From left, Supervisory CBP Officer Coy Brummett, Supervisory CBP Officer Jack Cannon, CBP Officer Allen Brock and CBP Officer Martin Lopez all displayed heroism when they worked together to save the life of a passenger in distress.

"These officers are heroes. They acted quickly and did all they could to save a man's life. I am extremely proud of them, "said CBP Director of Field Operations Jeffrey O. Baldwin, Sr.

At about 3:35 p.m., CBP Officer Martin Lopez radioed for assistance advising that there was an unconscious person in the passenger processing area of DFW Airport.

Several CBP officers responded to the call and observed the passenger laying on his side and breathing in distress. The officers assessed the situation and determined that the passenger was experiencing a lack of oxygen, due to the dark shade of blue and grey on his face and neck. The officers immediately checked for a pulse, and found none.

Supervisory CBP Officer Jack Cannon went to retrieve an Automated External Defibrillator and a CPR mask, while Supervisory CBP Officer Coy Brummett and CBP Officer Allen Brock turned the passenger onto his back in order to gain an open airway. The two officers immediately initiated CPR. After two cycles of breaths and chest compressions, the passenger regained consciousness and the officers were able to detect a pulse.

Shortly thereafter, DFW Emergency Medical Technicians arrived at the scene and began advanced emergency care of the passenger. He was later transferred to Baylor Medical Center in Grapevine, Texas.

"Hats off to the fine CBP officers that helped save this man's life. Efforts like these truly demonstrate the highly trained and able staff that we are privileged to work with," said DFW Port Director Douglas Truesdale.

The officers visited the passenger, a 66 year-old man from the United Kingdom, and report that he was in very good spirits.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017